I've read ten chapters in Emerson Among the Eccentrics, through the introductory chapter about Henry David Thoreau. In honor of reaching Thoreau, whom Emerson said was "content to live now, and feels no shame in not studying any profession, for he does not postpone his life but lives already," I present Maurice Sagoff's "Shrink Lits" entry for Thoreau:
Henry David Thoreau
The pond, the woods. . .;
And check your speed.
(Dull minds conform);
I up and went
Walden was cased.
--from Literary Cavalcade, Jan2 003, Vol. 55, Issue 4
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